Amazon Web Services Becomes Occidental’s Preferred Cloud Provider for Digital Transformation

Aug. 1, 2023
AWS will help Occidental improve operational efficiency, eliminate upfront capital expenditures, and develop systems that remove CO2 from the atmosphere

In a new multi-year agreement with Amazon, Occidental, an international energy company, has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider during its digital transformation.

To start, Occidental will begin moving its core production applications and on-premises IT infrastructure to AWS. This will improve operational efficiency, eliminate upfront capital expenditures, and help Occidental develop systems that remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

Occidental will then move its production systems and applications, analytics tools, and workflows to AWS. This will provide Occidental access to a portfolio of Amazon cloud services that will increase the flexibility, scalability, and security of its IT infrastructure.

“Migrating our existing on-premises IT infrastructure to the AWS Cloud will help Occidental reduce infrastructure costs and enhance operational efficiencies, so we can innovate faster to advance our plans to reach net zero and help others do the same,” said Yanni Charalambous, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Occidental.

1PointFive, a subsidiary of Occidental, will also use AWS to design and develop systems architecture for large-scale direct air capture (DAC) plants, which, through a series of chemical reactions, extract CO2 from the air and store it underground in reservoirs. When fully operational, 1PointFive expects its first plant, Stratos, to capture 500,000 metric tons of CO2 each year.

AWS also provides 1PointFive with real-time DAC performance analysis, allowing them to optimize processes and equipment performance.

“Reducing carbon emissions, addressing growing energy demand, and ensuring energy security are top priorities,” said Uwem Ukpong, Vice President of Global Services at AWS. “Occidental is using AWS’s advanced cloud technologies to take on these generational challenges, at scale, by optimizing carbon removal technology to hasten the world’s decarbonization efforts while increasing efficiencies and reducing the carbon footprint associated with energy production.”

About the Author

Breanna Sandridge, Senior Editor

Breanna Sandridge is senior editor for EnergyTech and Microgrid Knowledge, both part of the energy group at Endeavor Business Media.

Prior to that, Breanna was managing editor for Machinery Lubrication and Reliable Plant magazines, both part of Noria Corp. She has two years experience covering the industrial sector.

She also is a 2021 graduate of Northeastern State University (Oklahoma) with a Bachelor's in English.